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Column: Goodell could have taken page from Rozelle

What a difference a commissioner makes. Pete Rozelle hadn't been on the job long enough to find the executive washroom when he faced a gambling scandal a half-century ago that could have sunk the NFL. League investigators had discovered star Green Bay running back Paul Hornung and Detroit Lions lineman Alex Karras were betting on games. The news had yet to break, and the young...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Simple Story Of How The Seahawks Came Into Existence Practically Overnight

In the wake of Seattle’s first major sports championship in 35 years, it’s worth revisiting how the Seattle Seahawks came into existence in the first place — and it’s a story that, on the surface, seems quite simple. Back in 1974, when Seattle was a Supersonics-only town, the city had already broken ground on a stadium (the Kingdome) that could potentially house an NFL team...
Via Next Impulse Sports
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens must beat Bengals and hope for help to overcome Pete Rozelle's dream of parity...

It's playing out just as the late Pete Rozelle envisioned it...  PARITY... it would be a rare team that could re-PETE after winning a Super Bowl... And so the defending world champion Ravens find themselves at 8-7 having to knock off the 10-5 Cincinnati Bengals just to have a mathematical chance to qualify for the 2013 playoffs as a botttom seed.... and even then, they...
Via Ravens Football Machine
December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Biz Blitz: John F. Kennedy and the NFL, the league's delayed reaction to tragedy

Bottom Line: Sports heals most when people hurt worse. The ghost of Jack Kennedy haunts electronic America this week with the 50th Anniversary of his death this Friday, November 22. The bubble in the Bell Curve of blog readers is about 35 years old, so most networked Americans have no first hand memory of the president. Those of us of a certain age recall our every moment...
Via This Given Sunday
November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Dan Rather to voice a JFK Assassination anniversary report for ESPN

(Photo courtesy of ESPN Outside the Lines) As we approach the 50th anniversary of the JFK Assassination, various networks have been rolling specials to remember the day. ESPN is no different. On Sunday, it will offer a report on Outside the Lines looking back on the NFL's decision to play games just two days after President John F. Kenedy was killed. It was a difficult weekend...
Via Awful Announcing
November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Dawson to get Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award

Pro Football Hall of Famer Len Dawson is being honored again in Canton as this year's recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. The former Kansas City quarterback has served as a color commentator for the Chiefs Radio Network since 1982. He was an analyst for NBC from 1976-82. Dawson also hosted HBO's ''Inside the NFL'' from 1977-2001. He was...
Via AP on Fox
June 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Texans' PR staff wins Pete Rozelle Award

The Houston Texans have won the Pete Rozelle Award for the best media relations department in the NFL. Houston won the award from the Professional Football Writers of America for the third time in six years and fourth since 2004. The staff is led by Kevin Cooper, and includes Evan Koch, Zac Emmons, Charles Hampton and Brett Maikowski. Cooper has been on the staff for all four Rozelle...
Via AP on Fox
June 20, 2012  |  Discuss

The NFL Draft in 1981

The NFL Draft was not always a three-day television overrated event, it was much simpler in 1981.  The NFL Commissioner was Pete Rozelle and the draft was held at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City. Check out the 1981 draft broadcast:   Top 5 draft picks of 1981: 1. New Orleans Saints - RB George Rogers 2. New York Giants - LB Lawrence Taylor 3. New York Jets - RB Freeman...
Via Sports-Glory
May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

AP Enterprise: NFL nixed Nixon bid on TV blackouts

The NFL, which is trying to maintain its TV blackout of home games that don't sell out, missed an opportunity 40 years ago to preserve an even more restrictive policy when it rebuffed an effort by President Richard Nixon to lift the hometown blackout just for playoff games. On a previously unreported tape recording, now in the National Archives, Nixon told his attorney general...
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February 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow's Eight-Win Broncos Are in Playoffs, Fulfilling Pete Rozelle's Wild-Card Dreams

When the NFL expanded the playoffs in 1978, then-commissioner Pete Rozelle hoped it would increase the popularity of the league. What could be more popular than Tim Tebow taking snaps on the opening weekend? The NFL playoffs, which have since be expanded to 12 teams, have become must-watch entertainment for sports fans, but they have also been watered down.
January 08, 2012  |  Discuss
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